Tristan Thompson admits that he fathered a child with Maralee Nichols

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As soon as the Texas courts dismissed Tristan Thompson’s attempt to adjudicate his paternity case in the state, I figured it would be just a matter of time before we learned what was going on between Tristan and Maralee Nichols. In early December, we learned that Tristan was being sued for paternity by Maralee, who was (at the time) just about to give birth to a boy. Basically, there was a month full of legal wrangling, but a DNA test was done and insert Jerry Springer voice: Tristan IS the father! Tristan admitted paternity of the child on his IG, and he also made a somewhat heartfelt apology to Khloe Kardashian. Because he was screwing around on Khloe throughout their relationship, and one of the side chicks was Maralee.

Tristan Thompson says paternity results reveal he is the father of Maralee Nichols’ son. On Monday, the NBA player shared a message on his Instagram Story, writing: “Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son. I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately,” he continued.

Thompson, 30, had previously disputed the paternity of the child, who was born on Dec. 1. In his message on Monday, Thompson also addressed ex Khloé Kardashian — whom he was dating when Nichols said the child was conceived.

“Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you,” he wrote. “You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years. My actions certainly have not lined up with the way I view you. I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”

[From People]

The apology to Khloe isn’t worth the digital space it’s written on, but at least he apologized, I guess. Khloe made Tristan’s paternity drama all about her, and she tried to play ignorant of his infidelities the whole time yet again. That part of it – the Khloe aspect – is still a huge mess, and God knows, she’s absolutely dumb enough to take him back again. As for Maralee… I hope she and her baby are well taken care of. I hope the family court and the lawyers work out a financial arrangement that suits Lee and the kid.

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  1. Ainsley says:

    Maury, not Springer. Maury Povich does the dna shows lol.

    • Bookie says:

      Jerry Springer did plenty of DNA shows too.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I think Jerry Springer invented the DNA reveal. My gawd the 90s were a tacky era of television.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        He did and not to nitpick, but I hear Maury’s voice when I read those things. Towards the last few seasons he did almost exclusively paternity shows.

  2. Heather says:

    She will take him back. I would bet on it.

    • Mac says:

      It’s so sad. She really needs to work on her self esteem.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Khloe had it pretty bad. Kris made it known she thought Khloe needed to change everything about her appearance and gave more positive attention to all the other siblings. Once Khloe changed and fell in line to Kris things changed a bit, but at a high cost.

        That said, choices are sometimes made to make life easier. Khloe could have learned to cut out her toxic family members and learned to love herself as she was or to change her looks to appease her stage mom that held the purse strings.

    • Murphy says:

      She can’t get rid of him until she has another kid, only one baby daddy per Kardashian/Jenner.

  3. Chic says:

    Surprising absolutely no one.

    • Piratewench says:

      The Only thing that has surprised me here is that he actually seem to know it’s wrong, and he seems to know he has mistreated Khloe. Will he change? I doubt it very much. But I’m surprised he gave that apology anyway.

  4. FHMom says:

    Anybody know what brand of luggage that is? I’m sure I couldn’t afford it, but that green bag is gorgeous.

  5. DuchessL says:

    she might be taking him back because she needs baby number2.

  6. Noki says:

    Khloe has a history of starting up with ‘taken’ men speaks to both their characters. I dont feel bad for her, but since people claim the K Klan are obsessed with the same father for their children she will still see him or hopefully they already have some embryos.

    • molly says:

      Khloe has such a terrible picker. She’ll definitely want the same father for her kids, and it’s going to be embarrassing when she does. He can’t use protection, and she overplayed her hand by publicly lashing out at the women instead of him. These two should not have more children.

  7. Chaine says:

    Not everyone is cut out for monogamy. He is clearly not, and there’s no shame in that, but he should make it very clear to his partners that they won’t be exclusive instead of repeatedly falling into this rut of stepping out, getting caught, apologizing, and promising meaninglessly again to be monogamous.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Also, STIs are still a thing and unless he is TRYING to have more kids, he should learn how to wrap it up.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Do you really think he hasn’t been honest with Khloe about that? I just think she has chosen not to hear it.

      • Robyn says:

        It’s obvious he wasn’t honest about it or he wouldn’t be publicly apologizing.

      • Bettyrose says:

        He wasn’t honest about impregnating this one woman, but that was more about trying to withhold child support than pretending to be monogamous. It seems he’s never been monogamous with Khloe, has he? So the question is whether he lied to Khloe repeatedly or whether Khloe wrote her own narrative and he had no input.

      • Robyn says:

        Again, it’s fairly obvious that he is a lying liar who lies. No need to give him any wiggle room.

      • bettyrose says:

        Robyn –
        You’re right. I’m not trying to defend this guy, but the Tristan/Khloe thing always dregs up the worst stereotypes of the cheating man and delicate wife (girlfriend/co-parent, whatever she is). Khloe is just as much at fault at this point because he’s shown her who he is repeatedly and she’s a grown ass adult. Even if he does lie, he doesn’t do it very well.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      Amen, sister! He would save all parties involved a lot of heartache if he was just honest about his romantic limitations!

    • Bryn says:

      And get a vasectomy if he doesn’t want to raise more kids, or at least invest in some condoms.

      • Bettyrose says:

        This guy is an idiot for sure but he shows who he really is all the time. The Kardashian fixation on having all your children with the same man is really focusing on the wrong thing if it means clinging to a guy like this.

      • JT says:

        This man has been “cheating” on Khloe since the day they got together. The only person in that relationship that was monogamous was Khloe. I just don’t believe he was cheating, and the only reason why he did a public apology is because he is still with Khloe now, because chica has no self esteem, and she needs people to see how much he still wants her. She needs to win after all of the humiliation.

  8. Eulalia says:

    Third-trimester Tristan strikes again! I hope he’s putting away some money for the therapy all three of his kids will undoubtedly need.

  9. Stephanie says:

    I’m sorry but the whole apology- on Instagram of all places- is so cringe. The whole thing played out in public is embarrassing.

    • Jules says:

      It’s a public soap opera. These people have no shame. I wonder if Kris wrote out the apology for him to post.

    • superashes says:

      The Instagram apology is nonsense, and if he was going to do it then where is his apology to Maralee? His awful text messages, his garbage attempt to shortchange her with the whole Texas court drama and everything in between, and when she was in the late stage of her pregnancy for part of it? He is an absolute shitheel.

    • lucy2 says:

      It really is. The news would have come out eventually anyway, him posting all that and his “apology” on instagram is gross.
      I can’t stand any of the K women, but Khloe is the poster child for low self esteem, and is sadly modeling that for her daughter.

  10. canichangemyname says:

    LOL “admits” “heartfelt” – come on, he was proven to be the father, he didn’t admit to it. And a heartfelt apology on Instagram? Omg this dude – I can’t even. I just hope he is a good father, because he certainly doesn’t seem to be a good partner. I mean, if he’s not into monogamy, so be it. But faking it? He’s humiliating a woman who has already admitted to having self-esteem issues, and he needs to stop that.

    • Debbie says:

      What? HE needs to stop it? Him? Why? Isn’t she a grown woman? Since when did she become this delicate fairy tale princess? Can we stop infantilizing (some) women? This includes the one who got pregnant by a man who was publicly involved with other women. He’s no bargain either, hopefully he understands that his NBA salary is not a lifetime thing so even when he retires, he still has to support those kids. What a chump.

  11. MellyMel says:

    That “apology” is not heartfelt. Claiming to have the “upmost respect and love” for Khloe is beyond laughable and embarrassing. I don’t think he even knows what those words mean.

    • STRIPE says:

      Actions speak louder than words, period. He doesn’t respect Khloe, he doesn’t love Khloe more than he loves cheating on her. She’ll take him back fact, I’m one that believes she’s been back with him on the DL for some time which was why she took this new baby revelation so poorly.

  12. detritus says:

    I think Maralee needs his apology more than Khloe. Instead of filing legal actions Tristan should have used the money for Maralee and the child.

    Poor woman, no one needs that stress let alone during a pregnancy.

  13. Gobo says:

    Is that Boston Celtics Hermes merch? Hilarious.

  14. jferber says:

    Why does anyone assume he wrote or felt any of it? It’s his PR team surely. And maybe Maralee’s lawsuit against Tristan
    included a clause that he admit his paternity publicly. I’d ask for that in addition to everything else because he also humiliated Maralee and threatened to give her very little money and not be involved in the child’s life AT ALL. Now he’ll raise the child “amicably?” What a little bitch he is.

    • Emma says:

      The fact he said he wouldn’t be in his own child’s life because he was feuding with the mother is so cruel. I don’t think he’s anything but cruel and selfish.

  15. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Is he collecting diaper bags for all of his kids? Dude is messy.

  16. girl_ninja says:

    His faux apology made everything worse. It’s humiliating and very undignified but I’m guessing that is not what either is going for in this “relationship.” He has a serious problem and so does she and they need help not just for themselves but for their children.

  17. AAW says:

    Thompson has NPD and that apology was a straight-up gaslight. “Regardless” of how Khloe feels? So he’s invalidating her feelings in an “apology” even. He’s a monster. He doesn’t give one single sh*t about her or anyone else—he just wants to keep his community d*ck wet.

    • GigiC says:

      And im replying from my phone so I hope I’m replying to the comment about NPD, but yes! I am grossly reminded of my exBIL when I see Tristan. He has a TON of baby mamas and affairs and has this “aww shucks im a simple guy with a big heart and im villainized by the women in my life” and yet …ew, he has a scary and destructive dark underbelly. He’s evil.

  18. ME says:

    Well the men these women date sure do keep this family in the news. A win for them. I don’t have much sympathy for Khloe. She bashes the women Tristan cheats on her with instead of bashing Tristan. When will she learn?

  19. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    So. An apology to Khloe but I don’t ever remember seeing the same for his other baby mama??????? (I can’t remember her name, I sincerely apologize. I want to say Jordan? But I am not sure))
    I hope Maralee Nichols drains him dry. In addition to Jordan(?) I could care less about Kardashian. She’s got money to burn
    Tacky, skeezy, nasty. He is foul

    • superashes says:

      Yep, this right here. He is garbage for not apologizing to her too. Those awful texts offering her $70k or whatever and just being nasty, then the Texas sideshow, all during the late stages of her pregnancy.

      Also, yep, Jordan Craig. The original in this three part series.

    • Coco says:

      Do you honestly believe he wrote that “ apology” this can straight from the K Klan to give Khloe sympathy which is what she hasn’t been getting.

      Also a storyline for why she stayed with him.

    • Fp says:

      WOC deserve less. That is what some men think, even/especially when they are thelselves MOC.

      That is coming from a black woman.

  20. Courtney says:

    No, he’s only apologizing now because he can’t deny paternity anymore. If the child wasn’t his, he’d say, “See, I told you. You’re crazy, I never cheated” even if he did. This isn’t about Khloe or how he wronged her. This is about doing damage control to his image because he knows he’s too caught to keep lying and gaslighting.

  21. why? says:

    Tristan’s “heartfelt” apology to Khloe was definitely written by Kris and Khloe because it depicts Khloe as the victim(she started dating Tristan when he had a pregnant girlfriend and was probably involved in creating the fake Maralee and baby accounts and using Tristan’s account to bully Maralee into silence), pushes the narrative that Khloe and Tristan are in a “committed” relationship and therefore Khloe is more than just one of Tristan’s sidechicks, and claims that Tristan loves and respects Khloe even though his actions demonstrate that he views Khloe as just another one of his numerous sidechicks. Kris and Khloe should have just allowed Tristan to end his statement with the generic apology, but Kris is always trying to prove how men just can’t resist her daughters.

    The sick part of this is how Khloe will set up staged photo-ops with the baby just to taunt Maralee. Maralee should stipulate that Tristan is not allowed to have her child anywhere near the Kardashian/Jenners.

    Has Tristan always use e with acute when spelling Khloe’s name?

    • Gewels says:

      This whole thing is a mess. If TT wants to settle down he needs to keep it in his pants. He obviously has girls running after him, like most of these BB players do, but he doesn’t want to use condoms, like a lot of men. I actually don’t doubt he does want Khloe, because he keeps going back to her, gives her kick ass rings. I also think Khloe really likes him, but he can’t stop being promiscious. He says he respects Khloe, but his actions say very differently. Perhaps both of them should make a deal that gives both what they want – Khloe his sperm, TT a lovely lady on his arm for the duration.

      • TeeMajor says:

        That’s because he does NOT want to settle down but K is determined to be different from all of the other women he has cheated on with…because she thinks she is different.

      • Debbie says:

        I actually don’t think Tristan even “loves” Khloe more than any of the other side chicks but, maybe after every messy scandal riddled episode, Khloe seems more appealing to him since 1) she’s willing to take him back, 2) she’s higher profile and, 3) she has her own money, so that’s not the most important thing she wants from him. It’s like he may say to himself, “At least she’s not after my money.” It’s like when men cling to their wives after public scandals because they seem safer.

  22. Lauren says:

    “A lying liar who lies.” Yes, that is Tristan 100%. It’s also true that Khloe has aways chosen messy men. Each time, she believes that she is the exception to the rule and that a troubled man will change his ways for her. And once they disappoint her by doing what is in their nature, it’s much less emotional work for her to lash out at the other parties involved than to examine the choices she is making in partners or to cut off the men she has projected her fantasies onto. It’s a recipe for heartbreak, and it seems to be her favorite dish.

  23. Tisme says:

    1. Kris wrote the apology to keep Kardashians in the news and garner some sympathy for Khloe.
    2. Instagram apology…wt actual f
    3. I hope Tristan is saving up for all the custodial support he is going to fork out
    4. Somebody give the dude a lifetime supply of condoms

  24. Gibby says:

    I think this whole have kids only by one man is about what the Kardashian’s saw with their mom when she married Jenner. Something impacted on them to make them think they can only have one baby daddy

  25. Serena says:

    Surprise, said no one ever. He’s such a fool, a whole clown.

  26. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Well I guess Khloe got another sibling for True out of all this! The three baby mamas should get their kids together for a play date and call themselves “#Tristan’sTrio.” This is not a funny matter, but over time I hope they can all move on from this drama and co-parent their kids as best as possible given this scenario and these ppl involved.

  27. Jay says:

    There’s no admission of the actions he is supposedly sorry about! This “apology” starts off with the paternity test, there’s not even a pretense of shame or acknowledgement of, you know, how the baby got there in the first place, or that he was a complete jerk to Nichols. That’s a pathetic apology, too, and weirdly…corporate? “My actions don’t line up with the way I view you” is so…bland and generic, and doesn’t have an ounce of feeling. Notice he never specifies how he views Khloe, or gives examples that show how he has mistreated her and what he’ll do differently. So it’s not worth the notes app it was written on. Here’s what I got from that:

    I’m sorry
    that I got caught
    I’ll certainly do it again
    But maybe next time
    I’ll just pay up instead of sending the threatening texts
    are we good yet

  28. GigiC says:

    This is like the monkeys paw story for Khloe. Her wish / storyline was to get True a sibling …it happened.

    With her karma, she should be careful what she wishes for.

  29. nina says:

    whats with all the bags around his feet. Seems he never heard of checked luggage. It is not conveying the image he thinks it does. That is some ugly ass sh..yte someone sold him. Screams new money and no taste.

  30. Sonia says:

    Why do the Kardadhian girls have the expectation of the same baby daddy when their mother didn’t????

  31. Barbie1 says:

    Why can’t this douchebag use condoms and save Khloe from all this humiliation. His selfishness knows no bounds. She will need major therapy after this latest blow.

    • Coco says:

      Why would she need therapy because of it?

      He had a whole fiancé and a baby on the way when he cheated on her with Khloe and this is not the first or second or even third time Khloe has slept with her friends or men in relationships. Nor is this the first time he cheated on Khloe.

      • Barbie1 says:

        Wow totally forgot that Khloe snatched him away from another woman, a pregnant fiance at that. Damn Khloe!

  32. why says:

    ‘I have the utmost respect and love for you’
    then proceed to have affairs with multiple women
    the math is not mathing but not my household I guess

  33. why? says:

    Someone has hijacked my name because I didn’t write that comment at 10:54 pm!